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New Zealand

Chinese consortium gets Crafar farms nod

January 27, 2012 iwishart 0

The Government has gone with China over the local rivals led by Sir Michael Fay, in the Crafar Farms land sovereignty issue. The Fay consortium will seek a judicial review of the decision. The issue […]

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Top Stories

Costa captain points finger at bosses

January 23, 2012 MelW 0

bc-italy-cruiseship-2ndld UPI NewsTrack Giglio, Italy GIGLIO, Italy, Jan. 22 (UPI) — The captain of the Costa cruise ship that capsized in Italy told a judge he had been ordered to sail too close to shore, […]

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United Kingdom

Dad punches dog mauling daughter

January 23, 2012 MelW 0

bc-britain-ear UPI NewsTrack London, England LONDON, Jan. 22 (UPI) — A 6-year-old girl lost her ear while she was being mauled by a dog in London, officials said. The girl’s father had to punch the […]

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USA

101-year-old woman evicted from her home

January 23, 2012 MelW 0

bc-us-evicted UPI NewsTrack Detroit, MI, United States DETROIT, Jan. 22 (UPI) — A 101-year-old woman who authorities promised could move back into her Detroit home after being evicted four months ago has not yet been […]

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New Zealand

Republican race thrown wide open by Newt win

January 22, 2012 iwishart 0

By Ian Wishart The race for the Republican presidential nomination has taken on an intriguing new vibe with today’s wipeout of Mitt Romney by a resurgent Newt Gingrich. Despite his social liberalism, Gingrich managed to […]

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New Zealand

Newt win throws GOP race wide open

January 22, 2012 iwishart 0

Gingrich rides debate performances to sweeping South Carolina win By Mark Z. Barabak Los Angeles Times (MCT) CHARLESTON, S.C. – Newt Gingrich surged to victory Saturday in the South Carolina primary, riding a pair of […]

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New Zealand

Global cooling killing millions of bats

January 22, 2012 iwishart 0

Cold-loving fungus killing more bats than previously thought By Louis Sahagun Los Angeles Times Federal researchers say an infectious and lethal cold-loving fungus sweeping through parts of North America and Canada has killed millions more […]

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New Zealand

Magazine releases Megaupload documents

January 21, 2012 iwishart 0

New Zealand’s Investigate magazine has today released the crucial company documents that show how Kim Dotcom Schmitz controlled the MegaUpload empire. The magazine carried out an investigation of Schmitz in 2010 after he took up […]

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New Zealand

Kim in the klink as MegaUpload sinks

January 21, 2012 iwishart 1

By Ian Llewellyn Wellington (dpa) – Kim Dotcom, the man accused of running one of the world’s largest internet piracy operations, has been arrested more than once, has used multiple aliases and drives a car […]

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Technology

4.5M sign Google SOPA petition

January 20, 2012 MelW 0

bc-us-onlineprivacy-petition UPI NewsTrack Mountain View, CA, United States MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 19 (UPI) — U.S. Internet search giant Google says more than 4.5 million people signed its petition against the anti-piracy laws being considered […]

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World

Six NATO forces die in chopper crash

January 20, 2012 MelW 0

bc-afghanistan-choppercrash UPI NewsTrack Kabul, Afghanistan KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 19 (UPI) — A NATO helicopter crashed in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, killing six soldiers, NATO said. There was no enemy activity in the area at the […]

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New Zealand

NZ Police seize guns in MegaUpload raid

January 20, 2012 iwishart 2

New Zealand Police carrying out a swoop for the FBI on Megaupload founder Kim Schmitz found sawn-off shotguns as well as loot when they executed search warrants this morning. Police, acting on a mutual assistance […]

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New Zealand

Megaupload founder arrested in New Zealand

January 20, 2012 iwishart 1

US shuts down file-sharing site MegaUpload By Ben Fritz Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES _ The Department of Justice announced Thursday that it has conducted a major action to shut down MegaUpload, a popular file-sharing […]

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New Zealand

Megaupload empire crumbles, owner arrested in NZ

January 20, 2012 iwishart 0

The mysterious NZ-based millionaire behind the MegaUpload website group, Kim Schmitz, is at the centre of a massive US Justice Department organised crime investigation, and has been arrested in Auckland. Schmitz was outed as the […]

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World

29 killed in Haiti truck accident

January 18, 2012 MelW 0

bc-haiti-truckcrash UPI NewsTrack Port-au-Prince, Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Jan. 17 (UPI) — A runaway dump truck careened into a bus and then veered into pedestrians in Haiti, killing at least 29 people and injuring 56 others, […]

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New Zealand

Search for missing swimmer is called off

January 18, 2012 MelW 0

By Melissa Wishart The search has been called off after a swimmer was swept away in a rip near Wellington on Saturday. Twenty-four year old Albert Alapati and four of his companions were caught in […]

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World

Five bodies found in missing man’s car

January 16, 2012 MelW 0

bc-cambodia-bodies UPI NewsTrack Phnom Penh, Cambodia PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Jan. 15 (UPI) — Cambodian police say they found five bodies in a sunken car, believed to be those of a Frenchmen and his four children, […]

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World

Five confirmed dead in cruise liner tragedy

January 16, 2012 MelW 0

0115eca0082 /Italy-accidents/ By 15.01.2012 17:02:14 By Nick Rigillo Rome (dpa) – The confirmed number of deaths in the sinking of a cruise liner off the coast of Italy rose to five on Sunday with the […]

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New Zealand

Bodies found in Concordia shipwreck

January 16, 2012 iwishart 0

More rescued after cruise liner disaster Al Jazeera, Doha, Qatar McClatchy-Tribune Information Services Jan. 15–Two more bodies have been found on board the Italian cruise liner that ran aground Saturday, Italian coast guard said, but […]

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New Zealand

Carnival cruise disaster has global fallout

January 15, 2012 iwishart 0

Cruise line industry winces in wake of Italian liner mishap By Douglas Hanks, Hannah Sampson and Jane Wooldridge MIAMI – Veterans of the cruise line industry can’t remember an accident more dramatic than the one […]

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New Zealand

The Rena Has Sunk

January 10, 2012 iwishart 0

In the space of a morning, most of the giant container ship Rena has slipped beneath the waves on Astrolabe Reef. An amazing sequence of photographs taken by Maritime New Zealand chronicles the final moments […]